Eject stuck CD/DVD from a Mac

Optical media is going out of fashion, Apple recently introduced the New 13” Retina display without an Optical drive to make it more slimmer.

Prior to this, all Macbook Pro had an optical drive and they weren’t the traditional drive but of the Slot-load types and those had a problem of CDs and DVDs getting stuck.

There is no way you could physically pull out the stuck CD/DVD, like you would with the traditional, you put a pin in the hole besides the eject button and Voila! the tray comes out.


Here are some of the things you can try to get the stuck CD/DVD Ejected from your Mac

Solution 1:

  1. Press and hold the eject key.
  2. Right click on the disc icon in Finder or on the home screen, and select the “Eject” option from the menu
  3. Drag the disk icon from the desktop/homescreen to the Trash

So, if the disc comes from the drive, it wasn’t truly stuck. If it doesn’t go to the next Solution

Solution 2:

Launch Disk Utility and select the problematic disc in the sidebar, and hit the Eject button at the top of the Disk Utility window. If it is still stuck, Launch the Terminal app and enter the following command:

drutil eject

If the issue is software related, it should be solved by now, the sure-shot way to get the disc out of the Mac is the Terminal command, i.e. if it is a software that is not allowing the disc to come out.

Well, don’t be upset, we have another trick up our sleeves to get the disc out of the Mac, before you take it to the service center.

Solution 3

Restart your Mac while holding down your trackpad button (or your left mouse button if you are using a mouse). Keep holding that button down until the desktop appears. This triggers the system to eject your disc before OS X begins loading!

Shutdown your Mac, turn it back ON and let it rest for 10 minutes, Don’t login to your Mac yet, After a few minutes have past, the dics may eject itself (that’s the default if you insert a disc before login). If not, try pressing the Eject key once more.

If the disc is still stuck it seems like a mechanical problem with the drive. If your Mac is in Warranty send it to the Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service provider and get it done for FREE, most probably the Superdrive needs to be replaced.

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The DNetWorks Team